What is ISO 9001?
Basically ISO 9001 is the international standard for a quality management system. In order to get certified to the ISO 9001 standard, a company should follow the requirements set forth in the ISO 9001 Standard. The standard is used by organizations to demonstrate their ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements and to demonstrate continual improvement.
There are several different documents in the ISO 9000 of standards, but ISO 9001 is the unique standard in the 9000 series that requires certification. Generally, an entire organization will seek certification, but the scope of the QMS can be customized to improve performance at a particular facility or department. The ISO 9001 published in September of 2015 the current version is ISO 9001:2015.
Types of Audits
An ISO audit is an examination or verification to check the fact of your business process records.
First party audit or internal audit:
First party audit is a type of audit that is conducted by our own trained staff internally. And it can also be done by an external company.
Second-party audit or supplier audit:
A second-party audit is a type of lead auditors in your organization. Check your supplier function properly and you get the supply of products and services correctly. And internal audits performed by the external agencies.
Third-party audit or certification audit:
A third-party audit is a type that can be carried out only by auditors of Certification Bodies.
A few details about ISO 9001:
- It no matters what size of your organization is: either 1 person or 1 million people. See ISO 9001 Implementation of Small Businesses.
- It no matters from which industry you are in (service or manufacturing) – it can be a restaurant, consultancy, manufacturing company, government entity, etc. There are additional standards-based upon ISO 9001 for specific industries.
- It is NOT a personal Standard – a person cannot get certified to ISO 9001, alternately, an organization or company becomes certified. However, the Lead Auditor can become CAN an ISO 9001 Certified 5-day training. Then they allow them to audit other companies.
- There is no like thing as “ISO Certification” or “ISO 9000 Certification”, only ISO 9001 certification.
- The steps to implement an ISO 9001.
- The performance of the organization is audited by Certification Body (CB or Registrar) against the latest version of the ISO 9001 Requirements. The audit has to pass the requirements, the Registrar issues an ISO 9001 Certificate demonstrating that your organization registered to ISO 9001 for a three year period.
- The organization must be re-certified every three years in order to maintain its ISO 9001 certification status.
Documents required for ISO Registration Process
While applying for an ISO Certification, every business will need to submit the following documents
- Proof that the business is registered. This can be done through
- Certificate of Incorporation
- GST Certificate
- MSME Certificate
- A letterhead or visiting card of the business.
- The details of an invoice that includes
- Sale Invoice
- Purchase Invoice
Additional advantages of ISO Certification
An ISO Certification is a mark of guarantee that every item produced or sold by the business satisfies the standards set at a global level. It guarantees that the company offers only top-notch quality products or services
- Presently the government tenders and proposals accept tenders of businesses that are ISO certified. ISO certifications meet international standards, they help businesses reach global customers.
- Every ISO standard is created so that customers are served better. Therefore, when they are certified, the satisfaction of the consumer increases and repeat
- A faulty product is rejected. When the standards set at an international level are adhered to, these rejections rarely occur.
- An ISO 9001 certification will set your business or organization on the right path of profit and set it on part with world standards.
- The business will see consistent improvement and performance which will in turn provide customers with services and products beyond their level of expectation.